Grand Prix Antwerp is brought to you by Dazzle Events.
Date: October 25-27, 2013
Registration: Online: €33.50 per person
Online with sleep-in: €48.50 per person
Offline: €35 per person
Online registration at www.tournamentcenter.eu until Thursday, October 24 at 22:00
Friday, October 25: 15:00 – 22:00
Saturday, October 26: 08:00 – 09:00
Get your promo card by playing in the Grand Prix (while supplies last).
Travel to beautiful Antwerp and take part in a weekend of serious Magic fun with a bunch of exciting things to do!
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SEE LIVE COVERAGE
Follow live streaming video coverage of Grand Prix Antwerp at DailyMTG.com and Twitch.tv with Zatlkaj, Marijn Lybaert, Rich Hagon, and Steven Leeming. The live video stream will start at approximately 2 p.m. local time / Noon GMT / 8 a.m. ET.
The Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix tournament series is a great reason to get out into the Magic tournament community, catch up with old friends, meet some new ones, and play some great Magic. Grand Prix tournaments are world-wide open events that allow all Magic players to participate and experience the thrill of a large-scale competition. In addition to cash prizes, a high Planeswalker Points multiplier, and exclusive foil promo cards for participants, Grand Prix feature a host of other activities, including side events and artist signings (prizes subject to change). Find out more about the Grand Prix tournament schedule here.
Tournament Format and Schedule
|Place||Prize Money||Pro Points|
| Top 4 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour
Born of the Gods in Valencia (February 2014).
If Grand Prix attendance is 1,200 or more, Top 8 finishers earn invitations and airfare, and all players with 39 or more match points who do not make Top 8 earn invitations.
All prizes displayed in U.S. dollars. Prizes subject to change.
Participation Fee: €33.50 (online), €35 (offline)
Registration and Schedule
- Online registration until Thursday October 24, 22:00 at www.tournamentcenter.eu
- Friday, October 25: Registration 15:00 – 22:00
- Saturday, October 26: Registration 08:00 – 09:00
- Saturday, October 26 Grand Prix Antwerp begins at 09:30
- Sunday, October 27: Main Event Day Two begins at 09:00
The main tournament at Grand Prix Antwerp is open to Magic players of all ages.
Players must have a signed publicity and consent form to be included in Wizards of the Coast's official online event coverage and be eligible to receive prizes. Forms can be downloaded here (100k PDF) and will be available onsite. Minors must have a parent or guardian's signature on this form. Consent forms are usually collected during registration (contact the event organizer for details).
- The following cards are banned: Ancestral Vision, Ancient Den, Bitterblossom, Blazing Shoal, Bloodbraid Elf, Chrome Mox, Cloudpost, Dark Depths, Dread Return, Glimpse of Nature, Golgari Grave-Troll, Great Furnace, Green Sun's Zenith, Hypergenesis, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Mental Misstep, Ponder, Preordain, Punishing Fire, Rite of Flame, Seat of the Synod, Second Sunrise, Seething Song, Sensei's Divining Top, Stoneforge Mystic, Skullclamp, Sword of the Meek, Tree of Tales, Umezawa's Jitte, Vault of Whispers, Wild Nacatl
- Deck lists are required.
- Players must use the same deck on Day 2 that they used on Day 1.
- Modified Swiss-style (50-minute rounds).
- Day 1 will consist of a maximum of 9 Swiss rounds. Day 2 will consist of 6 Swiss rounds and the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
- If 799 or less players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 64 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
- If 800 or more players register for the event, all players with an X-2-0 record (or better) or the top 128 players – whichever is greater – advance to the second day of competition for prizes and invitations.
- The Top 8 players after the final Swiss round on Day 2 will advance to the Top 8 single-elimination finals.
- Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3.
- Top 8 matches will have no time limit.
- Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.
- For the first game of each match in the Top 8, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 8 match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game).
The Head Judge for Grand Prix Antwerp is will be Kevin Desprez and Jeff Morrow. The Regional Judge Coordinator is Richard Drijvers. Judges interested in working at this event should submit an application through the Magic judge website .
- Planeswalker Points multiplier 8x, Rules Enforcement Level (REL) is Competitive on Day 1 and Professional on Day 2.
- The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document. Rules documents can be found in the Magic Document Center .
- Players are responsible for bringing their own method of tracking life totals, card sleeves, and appropriate counters or tokens.
- In the event that a player who wins an invitation to a Pro Tour stop at a Grand Prix has already qualified for an invitation, the invitation does not pass down under any circumstances. Previous qualification may be through a Qualifier tournament, through performance at a professional tournament, or by being an invited DCI player (valid upon the date of the official rank announcement for the appropriate professional tournament).
Byes earned through Planeswalker Points are calculated using the Planeswalker Point totals from all reported events as of the Wednesday immediately before the Grand Prix. (For Grand Prix Antwerp, the cutoff date will be October 23.) Points earned in tournaments held at the Grand Prix event site do not count toward earned byes at that Grand Prix. Byes will be given to players in the Grand Prix based on the following criteria:
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 1,500 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Gold or Platinum
- Members of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame
- Winners of Grand Prix Antwerp Trial tournaments.
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 750 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
- Players with a Pro Tour Players Club level of Silver
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #2 (March 18, 2013 – August 11, 2013)
- Players who have accumulated at least 400 Planeswalker Points in the 2013 Seasonal Award Season #3 (August 12, 2013 – December 1, 2013)
Winners of a Trial tournament are awarded 2 byes in the Grand Prix that it feeds. Trial byes are not cumulative with other byes and do not pass down. Byes are not cumulative throughout the season or year. Byes do not pass down under any circumstances. Players who accumulate multiple byes to a particular Grand Prix tournament receive only the bye for the greatest number of rounds. For complete information about Grand Prix byes and their corresponding competitive season, please check the Magic Premier Event Invitation Policy.
Along with the main event, there are additional side-event tournaments to play in at a Grand Prix. Listed below are the side events offered at all Grand Prix on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional events and a full schedule can be found on the Dazzle Events website. All side events will have a Planeswalker Points multiplier of 3x.
Earn a valuable Two-Round bye by winning one of the Last-Chance Trials. Last-Chance Trials are 32-person single-elimination events, starting as soon as 32 players register. For more info, check out the Byes section of this page.
A straight Swiss tournament lasting three or four rounds. Participants get 1 past promo card for playing, then one additional promo card per match win. Format varies by event.
Magic Game Show
On Friday at 8 pm we start the Magic Game Show starring Richard Hagon. Registration is free and you can win some cool Magic goodies. Teams can be comprised of between 1 and 4 people.
Enjoy a special discount on pick-up drafts on Saturday. Actual times and prices vary by event.
Format at organizer's discretion. The winner(s) earn free entry into the "Super Sunday Series" (see below). Players who also played in the main Grand Prix tournament will get a discount for entry.
Super Sunday Series
Qualifier tournaments for the Super Sunday Series will be held at each Grand Prix. The Top 4 players in the Super Sunday Series qualifier will each be awarded a special Grand Prix messenger bag. The winner of the Super Sunday Series qualifier will earn an invitation and travel award for the Super Sunday Series Championship, to be held in February 2014 in Seattle with a prize purse of $20,000. The Super Sunday Series Championship experience also includes a tour of Wizards of the Coast, dinner with Wizards employees, and more. See the Sunday Series info page for more details.
Come and meet Magic: The Gathering artists rk post and Svetlin Velinov during the Grand Prix.
A farm boy from Illinois with a gift for sketching, rk post was planning on a career as a veterinarian until illustration finally took over in his extensive college experience. By his graduation from Northern Illinois University in 1994, post was freelancing for the fantasy gaming industry doing interior illustration for several major game companies, gradually teaching himself how to paint with acrylics and eventually oils. He garnered a staff illustration position at TSR and after its acquisition, continued in this capacity with new parent company Wizards of the Coast painting cover illustrations for games and novels. Passionate about expanding his skill set, he moved into 2D and 3D art for video games in addition to his ongoing freelance illustrations for Magic: The Gathering and other franchises. He currently works for Big Fish Games, White Wolf, WizKids, Fanpro, Microsoft (Mythica, X Box), LucasFilm, 20th Century Fox (both Aliens VS Predator), Sega (Dreamcast), Nintendo, Ballantine Books, Science Fiction Book Club, Hasbro (television and animation), Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, the History Channel, and Blizzard Entertainment (Daiblo 2, Worlds of Warcraft) and SOE (The Agency). He published his first volume of collected works in the hard cover release, Postmortem: the Art of rk post.
Svetlin Velinov works and lives in Bulgaria, and is one of Europe's most talented illustrators and concept artists.
Arriving by plane
There's only one airline serving Antwerp Airport, which is City Jet, with daily flights to the UK. There is a regular bus to the centre and a taxi costs around €10.
Brussels Airport is the best alternative, with a direct bus to and from the airport to Antwerp, which costs €10. There are hourly direct trains that connect Antwerp Central Station with the airport, which takes you only 35 minutes, and costs you €10,20.
Schiphol International Airport is only 1h50 minutes by train from Antwerp, so a good alternative as well, with only €25 for a single ticket.
Arriving by Train
Belgium has an extensive rail network, and for intercity travel within Belgium, trains are always the best option. There are good train connections from Brussels Airport, Schiphol Airport. Antwerp-Central is a major stop on the Paris-Amsterdam high-speed line. Through Brussels-South station, there are also high-speed connections to other destinations in France with TGV, or in Germany with ICE.
Arriving by Public Transport
The public transportation company De Lijn has a dense network of buses, trams and pre-metro connections in the city. The central bus station is the Franklin Roosevelt plaats, near the central station. Google Maps has most bus stops in the area mapped, sometimes including timetables.
Taxis are available but can be quite expensive. They await customers at specific locations around town, like the Groenplaats or the railway station.
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